School of Dental Medicine Community Teams Up for Give Kids A Smile Day


Faculty, students and staff from the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine are an integral part of a statewide effort to provide free dental care to hundreds of children.

The School of Dental Medicine team will join members of the Ohio Dental Association (ODA) and Colgate's Bright Smiles, Bright Futures mobile dental unit for the annual Give Kids A Smile Day on Friday, Feb. 6. About 250 children from John Raper and Scranton elementary schools, along with a local HeadStart program, will receive free dental care.

Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder will be joined at the event by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Ohio Department of Health Director Alvin Jackson, and national sponsors. In addition, children will be treated to guest appearances by Slider and Moondog, the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavaliers mascots, respectively, along with the Case Western Reserve mascot and student-athletes. Read more.

Deadline to Change Campus Network Passwords
is Approaching

February 12 marks the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln. In keeping with a birthday theme, it's also the day all passwords more than a year old will expire for network users at Case Western Reserve University.

The password change policy was approved last October. The February 12 deadline was chosen to give the university community sufficient time to ensure that administrative functions such as grades and course registrations were not negatively impacted.   

The password change affects any application that uses the Case Network ID for authentication, such as e-mail accounts, the Student Information System, and ERP and HCM applications, as well as access to the VPN and some library resources. Read more.

Campus News

The Weatherhead School of Management's Executive MBA program is hosting several upcoming open houses. The next session is scheduled from 6–8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the George S. Dively Building. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet faculty, current students and alumni. Appetizers and beverages will be served, and parking will be available. Contact Kate Coleman, EMBA program manager, at 368-6411 to reserve a spot, or register online.


Go Red for Women Day on campus will be celebrated on Friday, Feb. 6 to coincide with National Wear Red Day. The campus community is invited to wear red to show support for heart disease in women. In addition, there will be a red balloon parade from the School of Nursing to Thwing Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. Campus community members are invited to participate. Faculty, staff, and community members will share stories of how heart disease among women has impacted their lives during "Untold Stories from the Heart" from 2 to 3 p.m. in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. In addition, a panel of heart health experts will discuss women's health issues.

The Faculty Senate Library Committee and the Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) are hosting an open forum on "Death of an Author—A Publishing Horror Story" at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6, at KSL. Professors Timothy Beal and William Deal will tell how they signed away their copyrights to the publisher. Authors who are engaged in research with the thought of publishing are invited to learn how to negotiate control of their intellectual property rights and contracts.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources will host "Make Meetings Work" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, in Adelbert Hall's Toepfer Room. Participants will learn how to make meetings more productive. Register online.

For Students

Engineering, science and technology students are invited to apply online for the Kauffman-Singapore Scholars Program at Nanyang Technological University. Students will focus on taking innovative ideas and turning them into businesses with growth potential and strong appeal for the rapidly expanding Asian Marketplace May through October. Candidates must be on schedule to earn a bachelor's degree this spring, or have earned a degree within the past three years. Applications are due Tuesday, Feb. 10.

First- and second-year math, biology, chemistry and physics majors are invited to learn more about the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, which supports outstanding undergraduates interested in teaching in high schools. Students are eligible for summer internships designed to provide opportunities to explore teaching as a career. Interns will work with local high school students and be paid $1,700. Students also will have an opportunity to apply for a $15,000 scholarship. Applications for the scholarships and fellowships are due Wednesday, Feb. 18.

The Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors Office (SOURCE) announces deadlines for several funding opportunities: Summer Funding for Undergraduate Research, Feb. 16; the Ohio Science and Engineering Alliance Minority Research Internship, March 1; and the Summer Undergraduate Research in Energy Studies (SURES), March 2.


All undergraduate and graduate students are invited to register for the Winter Leadership and Life Skills Conference by Friday, Feb. 6. The conference will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb., 7, in Nord Hall and the Sears building. The conference will focus on topics ranging from how to manage at-risk members to how to be healthy with a busy schedule.


Eldred Theater continues its 2008-09 drama series with Frederic Raphael and Kenneth McLeish's translation of Euripides' Medea. Performances are Feb. 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28 at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees on Feb. 22 and March 1 at 2:30 p.m. The undergraduate ensemble is directed by Dennis Fox, part-time lecturer of acting in the department of theater and dance. General admission is $10, $7 for adults over 60 and university staff, and $5 for students. 

The Undergraduate Indian Students Association is hosting a benefit dinner, "Eat2Educate," beginning at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, in Thwing ballroom. There will be all-you-can-eat Indian food for $7. The event will raise funds for underprivileged children in India. Tickets are on sale in Nord Hall, Fribley, Leutner and Wade Commons, Thwing Center, and the Peter B. Lewis Building. Contact Nirmala Swayambunathan for information.

The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will feature Jeffrey Duerk, chair of the department of biomedical engineering, and Jeffrey Sunshine, director of the MRI program at University Hospitals, on the topic of "Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) from the Inside Out." The discussion begins at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9, at the Great Lakes Brewing Company.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

Data Center Renovations

As part of the renovations to the Case Western Reserve data centers, Information Technology Services will institute Fiber Backbone Panel Relocations in Crawford Data Center. The final phases of the data center renovation project involve moving individual data servers, which may result in periodic planned outages for some information technology services. Server and application administrators will alert affected users. 

Services affected by the moves during the next several days include:

Saturday, February 7

Oracle Databases on the non-ERP Production database servers will be moved to newer servers. The following systems will be unavailable from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

  • Blackboard
  • MyCase Portal
  • Portal and 15 other non-ERP databases

PeopleSoft applications and the Data Ware House will not be impacted by this outage.

Monday, February 9

  • Oracle Databases, non-PeopleSoft production / Offline

Tuesday, February 10

  • ITS Teamtrack Systems / Offline
  • LDAP / Should remain online
  • Pinnacle Phone Billing Systems / Offline

Wednesday, February 11

  • E-mail (Delivery) / Should remain online
  • Veritas Clustering / Limited functionality on Clustered Systems

Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

February 5, 2009

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Case in the News

Science found wanting in U.S. crime labs

International Herald Tribune, Feb. 4, 2009
Forensic evidence that has helped convict thousands of defendants for nearly a century is often the product of shoddy scientific practices that should be upgraded and standardized, according to accounts of a draft report by the nation's pre-eminent scientific research group. Paul Giannelli, a forensic science expert at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, comments.

The face tells the story

Los Angeles Times, Feb. 4, 2009
In addition to genetics, a new study shows that some lifestyle factors and life events also leave their marks on physical appearance. The study, published online this week in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, was conducted by researchers from Case Western Reserve University. Bahman Guyuron, chair of the department of plastic surgery, is the lead researcher.

Economy not full cause of baffling 'familicide' cases

USA TODAY, Feb. 4, 2009
The dismal economy has been blamed for a lot—even for recent cases of financially stressed fathers killing themselves and their families. The truth may not be that simple. Family slayings are usually one of two types, says Phillip Resnick, professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

More students passing AP tests

USA TODAY, Feb. 4, 2009
A small but growing percentage of high school students have passed at least one college-level course before they graduate, but participation and pass rates among some minority groups remain disproportionately low, a report says.